Severe storms are expected by early afternoon with a threat of damaging winds and possible tornadoes.
OZARKS ELECTRIC: As a line of severe thunderstorms have moved through the area, Ozarks Electric members to the east of Fayetteville are experiencing power outages. Currently 846 consumers are without power and three crews are in the field to determine the cause. There have been reports from the field of possible tornado activity.
Additional crews have been dispatched to the area to restore power.
Updates will be sent as details become available.
Emergency crews responding to report of severe roof damage to home in Elkins
Damage in Natural Dam from Sandra Murphy
The Springdale School District has now released its students and buses, after the area’s tornado warning expired
Tornado warning for Crawford County cancelled
Cedarville students are being kept in school until at least 3:45 p.m. They are taking shelter, according to teachers.
Tyler Southard-5NEWS Meteorologist
Reports of tornado on the ground near HWY 59 Near Natural Dam near the Forestry Station.
Prairie Grove Police Department: Due to tornado warning, PG schools are holding children inside the buildings until warning is lifted.
Garrett tracking a tornado heading toward Devils Den.
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Tornado warning for Washington, Crawford and Sequoyah Co.
Cell in Sequoyah is spinning, would not be surprised to see a Tornado Warning eventually.
Rain is coming down in Siloam Springs. Allison Woods will have a report on 5NEWS at 5 & 6
Dark skies in Poteau
The stronger storms are expected to develop in Oklahoma and move into east. The reason the storms aren’t severe right now is because the strongest upper level winds haven’t moved over the area. Also, as the line of storms develops out west will intensify as the cold, air-cooled air congeals into a cold pool of air and moves east.
Would expect intensity to increase in the next few hours.
Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Great info from FEMA on how to respond to storms and tornadoes: http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes
@5NEWSJoe: Getting set up now to go live with @5NEWSGarrett & @5NEWSTyler from Sallisaw. Watching a storm headed this way
Muskogee Co cell does show some rotation, not much else going on at the moment
@5NEWSJoe West bound on I-40 with @5newsrobby to intercept storm headed into Arkansas. Live updates coming up.
Watching the area in SE Oklahoma close… upper level jet max moving into the region should destabilize the atmosphere more and likely lead to a few rotating storms .
New Tornado Watch that now puts the entire area under a watch until mid to late afternoon. SE Oklahoma into western Arkansas will be under the greatest threat of tornadoes.
The “MODERATE RISK” area has shifted back to the west to now include most of western Arkansas the parts of eastern OK. This is an area that will see an enhanced risk of severe weather and tornadoes.
There is an increasing chance that new storms will develop in SE OK over the next hour or 2. Here are a few reasons why we think we could see an increase in storms and an increased tornado potential.
There is a good amount of forcing in the atmosphere in north Texas and that should help the storms form.
Instability, the “fuel” storm will need is also increasing across SE OK. At the same time, the “lid” in the atmosphere is starting to weaken that will allow storm to grow.
The low level wind fields will be supportive of rotation.
70mph wind gust reported north of Tulsa.
Another model, the RPM, also shows additional storms developing ahead of the main line in eastern OK around 10-11AM.
One rapid update model that we look at is showing the possibility of more storms forming ahead of the main line this morning across eastern OK shortly before noon. If these storms form, they could become severe.
The Oklahoma Mesonet is picking up on gusty winds within the storms that are moving through northern Oklahoma. 40-50 MPH winds. Elsewhere gusty south winds continue ahead of the storms in eastern OK.
Getting the first look at what the atmosphere looks like over NWA. This is a sounding from Springfield, MO. The atmosphere looks similar over NWA. On the right side of the screen I’ve highlighted what the winds looks like, and there are turning with height…in other words there are winds that are spinning at you go up in the sky. This could lead to brief tornadoes along the leading edge of the storms.
Instability is starting to increasing across eastern OK and parts of NWA. There is also plenty of low level wind shear present. These 2 factors will increase the severe weather potential of the storms that will move in later this morning and early afternoon.
Tornado Watch until 3PM http://localtvkfsm.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/tor-watch1.jpg?w=660
Getting the first storm spotter reports near OKC. Wind gust clocked at 65MPH northwest of OKC.
Storms are starting to become better organized to our west this morning around OKC. Individual storms are moving to the northeast, but the line in moving east.
The latest run of the RPM model shows the possibility of a few storms developing ahead of the main line late this morning.
One thing that I am keeping an eye on is low-level wind shear. The 0-3km shear is high in our area, and that has me concerned for the possibility of quick spin up tornadoes along the leading edge of the squall line.
The first tornado watch of the day has been issued to our west. of parts of central and western Oklahoma.
4AM Update: We are watching storms developing to the west this morning from northwest of Tulsa back into western Oklahoma. These storms will continue to build and intensify throughout the morning as they track our way.
The entire area is under the threat of severe weather, with the eastern River Valley under an enhanced risk of severe weather. The red color is a moderate risk and it is issued rarely during the winter months.